In Maigret and the Man on the Boulevard, Inspector Maigret investigates the murder of Louis Thouret found stabbed in a sort of alleyway running between two shops just off the Grand Boulevard. Normally, Maigret would not have been called in for such a murder, but because there were a few inconsistencies, Maigret comes. The location of the crime is the first problem. How would someone even know this small area even existed and why would Mr. Thouret have been there? Then there is the fact that victim's watch and wallet are still on him. When Thouret's widow comes to identify the body, things really start getting interesting. She notices that neither the tie nor the shoes he's wearing belong to her husband.
When Maigret starts piecing together Louis Thouret's last few months of life, he discovers that Thouret has been leading a double life hidden from his wife for several years. The shop where she thinks he works each day has been closed for years. So where did the money he supposedly received as a raise a while back come from? Every day Thouret left the house at the same time and returned home right on schedule. What did he do all day?
There are many possible suspects for Thouret's murder, each with an interesting connection to him-and in some cases to each other. The former prostitute who runs a boarding house as well as her boarders and her boyfriend, the former circus clown turned pickpocket, Thouret's daughter and her boyfriend, possibly even his wife all shared the same motive for wanting Thouret dead. He had money- quite a lot of money.
Simenon has written a tightly wrapped plot in this book, allowing the reader to follow Maigret as he slowly peals away the layers of Thouret's secret life.
REVIEWED BY CARYN ST. CLAIR
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